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8 hours ago

"As Tibetan look different from Han Chinese, it makes no sense for Tibet to be part of China."
Is this kind of racism? Do white people look like native American?

11 hours ago

I am just so disappointed with western media!! yet again!! India never was and never will invade any other country <period>

15 hours ago

Good general overview

15 hours ago

2:40

21 hours ago

The most stupid things he said in the video is Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia can invade China!!! Go back to school study more.

1 day ago

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1 day ago

Pretty much everything mentioned here is a load of bogus. All of these so called weakness could just as easily be strengths. In reality China is far stronger in Asia than the United States is and more crucially, western powers with their colonial heritage have far less political and cultural influence in the globe than they think. The countries south of China, such as Vietnam and Laos are not enemies with China, they are communist parties as loyal to china as they are enemies with the United States and western powers. So if the United States was to attempt a blockade of China, it would be the end of US involvement in the region, even South Korea and Japan would fall under Chinese and Russian orbit. As for India, they are not a military power and they would not and never have attempted military conquest on any other nation. Why would they start now and the most natural direction for India to expand into is the Middle East not China, which again is towards regions that would clash with western interests not Chinese ones. In the long term, both China and India are competing for territories and interests that are currently occupied by western powers not each other, so this puts them as natural allies not enemies.

1 day ago

Trump said, "China is our enemy, not our friend."

1 day ago

Trump said, "China is our enemy, not our friend."

1 day ago

China also needs Tibet because of its ample supply of copper and lithium.

1 day ago

south east aisa countries side with NATO?
pfff, they almost own the entire south east asia now. there are millions of chinese descendants in southeast asia.

1 day ago

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1 day ago

Even according to him, if 300 years isn't long enough to recognize a territory join another, then USA shouldn't exist in the world,each state should be an independent country, just Because USA need it militarily so this regime occupied others.China never claim it's a unique Han ethic Chinese society, different races and ethnicitis are part of the society ,just like USA or Canada,Australia,you wont say hey because some group of peoples are not white skin different races so they are not Americans,diversity not unique to America,but also exist in other countries.
If you call China is a regime ,then America is a imperialist ,would you use this Word to describe your America ? See what Americans did around the world ,killed millions of civilians including women and children in other countries especially in Afghan and middle East ,yes American cherish life ,their own life ,but they never take others as a life.
Talking about Laos ,Myanmar and Viets,yes they are neighbors of China ,but you are Talking about these countries attack China even jointly ,are you fucking kidding ? As far as i know ,Laos and Myanmar enjoy a honeymoon with China for so long time now ,there's confrontation btw China and Viets over sea disputes not land border disputes.In your logic, because Canada and Mexico are neighbors of USA,so these two countries would attack USA ,so USA has big geographical problem ?
Such an uneducated American arrogant retard,i doubt if you are qualify to make knowable videos about any country. Go to elementary school before barking .

1 day ago

For you kind information china is eating india land and placed army just near to border and extending slowly

1 day ago

I don't know much about military strategy but Isn't it a bit old-fashioned to evaluate potential military conflicts in terms of land invations?

1 day ago

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1 day ago

Yes, China has had to deal with invasions in the past but suggesting that it could NOW possibly become the victim of another one seems absolutely absurd, especially if you look at countries like Vietnam, Laos or Myanmar, who are way behind it militarily.
Coming to India, we're not really interested in invading China. We're happy with what we have. Also, currently China holds some advantage in key areas.
The only neighbour China does need to worry about is North Korea. It's got an unpredictable, autocratic government which could turn into an enemy as soon as things turn even slightly sour.

2 days ago

Evil is banal (at times) and most people would take a free hamburger rather than buying a taco that costs fifty cents,...so,...no,...I don't blame China for grabbing Tibet. Sure,...you think everybody's cool,...but,...start fucking with their food,..."then it gets nasty!"

2 days ago

No comment on the video, but it really makes LOADS of Ignorant-West-centrism-Whitetrash-Racists-WarHawks squirt a lot for sure, feel so lucky my European friends are more reasonable people.

2 days ago

Also India NEVER had a chance to own Tibet if china didn't, the chinese marched into there shortly after WW2 and the British Raj was still in control of India, trying to fix food shortages, and the near collapse of their economy from the war, they had no troops to march across the biggest mountain range in the world to occupy it and tibet is fiercely independent, the only reason they didn't put up a massive guerrilla fight against the Chinese invasion is that the chinese had better access into the country to march in troops to take advantage of the betrayal from Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme to surrender

There's no chance in hell of an "Indian Tibet' all the upheaval in the british empire and the Indians too busy trying to get their independence and settle the cultural dispute of the Muslims after that.

2 days ago

I love how this video talks about how a modern army can't make it through a desert cough cough (the entire middle east campaign not to mention when they got invaded FROM mongolia hundreds of years ago) but ya sure india could march an army across the BIGGEST FUCKING MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD to occupy and create a "indian" Tibet

2 days ago

China is as close to how we are as a country as far as Geography, this video is missing a lot of key points about things
For one all the countries in southeast china have always been economically poorer and were even tribute states to the chinese for a long time, and then raped over as European colonies who cared more about profits back home then a local growth.
So not only could they not afford a war economically, they also missed the fact that there's a TON of mountains right there kind of making it hard to set boarders and move through so an invasion would be difficult either way.
Tibet wasn't just to take a buffer state from India, it also has a MASSIVE deposit of mineral resources there needed for it's modern economy.

2 days ago

You don't go on a war with people you do business with.
Practical impossibility of everything said in this video.

2 days ago

Mongolia is friendly to China wtf are u kidding me? Some parts of this video just make no sense.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Rice and wheat are different? My grandpa is a farmer and he said it's the same thing

2 days ago

It does makes sense for Tibetan Chinese and Han Chinese to live in the same country, just like how it is in the rest of the world. It’s called DIVERSITY.
The government sent Han people there to build infrastructure and bring education. Those things which benefits Tibetan don’t show up by praying to Buddha all day long. If you are ganna reply “they are not educating, they are brainwashing!” Then don’t bother to do so.

3 days ago

So yeah, let's not talk about how Imperial Japan managed to dominate the hell out of China until after WWII.

3 days ago

Excellent video.

You also forgot to mention that Russia is an arbitrary ally in that, it's economically, militarily, and infra structurally weak in the east in case of war as it also has to pull resources to defend its Western and Caucasus front, since those Western powers are essentially the NATO decision making body. The only good thing being a needed pipeline of mineral and oil resources in case of blockade, essentially why there's a joint commissioned pipeline to China given Russian oil rates and the economic situation of Manchuria to really benefit from such a project.

I'm not too sure if you'd call this colonialism or neo-colonialism as it hasn't gotten past neo-corporatism, which frankly, mirrors the economic need of China and private companies to satisfy it much in the way of 'international' companies do away with. But then again, if instability in the region ensues and it threatens the economics of China below a certain min, it remains to be seen.

The rest I would want to say is politics and not objective.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

China has more than 3 million troops, not 2 million.

3 days ago

Every asians hates China and chinese we just want their assistance but we knew we cant trust them and they are rude.

3 days ago

What a fucking worthless video with basically zero informative content. Can’t fucking believe channels like this (and there’s lots) have so many subs. I swear people just like drifting off and mindlessly watching the video without actually paying attention. 
And why is everything about war? Why the fuck would China go to war with its southern neighbours? You fucking idiot.

3 days ago

whats next, geographical problems of Antartica?

3 days ago

I dont know what al these people have with him wanting to start a war! Wake UP! He just explains things how they are.

4 days ago

this is as american centric view as one can go. its like a mixed of george friedman and steve bannon opinions . tibet has HISTORICALLY been china seen the yuan dynasty and the author should read the history between the choosing of dalai lama and china imperial dynasties.every province in china has to give 1 percent of their gdp to tibet for development . the south china sea is another flaw view ,other than vietnam and philipines ,asean has no issues with china and have great trading relations. he also phrase china is a colonizer of africa , if thats true, why bother building the standard gauge rail in kenya ? china is a business partner of the continent as a matter of fact . and dont bother bringing up nato when talking about the first island chain , its unimaginable european and asean nations attacking and blockade the SCS. i implore the author to look at china objectively.

4 days ago

video clip at 0:48 is not in china but in Nepal. Those kind of bamboo swing is unique to nepali festival dashain. Google nepali bamboo swing for reference.

4 days ago

Fuck china

4 days ago

Free Tibet

4 days ago

Have you ever asked even one Tibetan before you type this?

10 hours ago

The truth hurt for China centric......

4 days ago

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4 days ago

ok...tibet has been part of China for ONLY 300s years how long has the USA been there?

4 days ago

when did i say shit about oppressing Tibetans? don't pull that moral high ground of anti oppression as if you actually give a shit when your history is littered with slavery and oppression of native Americans

1 day ago

Tejas Misra So you're saying US patriotism means eliminating the native American Indians or Mexicans just for their land?Cause we don't eliminate Tibetans, your ancestors did butcher the native Americans.
Actually I've been lived with many Tibetan children when I was young for several years, these kids're sent to our town for more education, the government paid for everything they needed. There're lots of other towns as my own to have these kids in for better education. Illiteracy was the target to be wiped out, not Tibetan people. BTW, most of them were not friendly and bullied us as they're stronger that time, which was quite a pain in the ass in my childhood. And some of them did commit crimes as the law take their sides just because they're minorities, believe or not.

1 day ago

msh Chinese patriotism means oppressing Tibetans?

2 days ago

Tejas Misra lol wtf is wrong with you? Can't someone have some patriotism without being categorized as a commie just cuz the state they support happens to be China? Go fuck yourself

2 days ago

搬运工可以的 Screw off, commie.

2 days ago

Most importantly, the Chinese people are now able to build their modern military equipments, you name them, from submarines to fight jets. How the Southeast Asian Countries able to invade China ? Tibet is always part of China, regardless what the exiled Tibetans and their foreign supporters think and protest. In case of this video maker doesn't know, Da Lamai used to belong to Chinese Communist Party, he was a member once, now he is living exiled in India.

4 days ago
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